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Siebold-Collegium Institute for Advanced Studies

SCIAS Guest Lecture (Family and History)

Artistic Responses to a Familial Legacy of Deportation and Holocaust: David Hanauer and Dafna Rehavia
Datum: 30.10.2019, 18:00 - 20:00 Uhr
Vortragende*r: Prof. Dr. David Hanauer

Dr. David Hanauer (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) is Professor of Applied Linguistics, Graduate Studies in Composition and Applied Linguistics. On the 30th of October, he will present, together with his life partner Dafna Rehavia, a traumatic family legacy with the Holocaust by using art, poetry and performance.

This creative arts project is a shared collaboration between David Hanauer and Dafna Rehavia at the Welz-Haus and the University of Wurzburg in Germany. In this dual residency, David a poetic autoethnographer and Dafna a multimedia visual artist who are life partners, explore using art, poetry and performance a traumatic family legacy with the Holocaust. The choice of Wurzburg for this residency was not arbitrary as the city is the birth place of David’s father and the site of the Holocaust related events for the family. Central among these events are the experiences of the brutal parting of parents and child and forced deportation to a concentration camp. In a previous visit to the city, David and Dafna participated in a memorial art project for David’s grandparents termed the Stolper Steiner (Stepping Stones) involving the placement of memorial stones with the names of deported and murdered Jewish residents of Wurzburg in front of the apartments that they once lived in. The current dual residency aims to explore ways of both recognizing and memorializing the traumatic events of the past, exploring their relevance to the present and finding ways of healing and continuing to live beyond the horror of these events.

The presentation and the following discussion will be held in English.